Eid Mubarak to those celebrating! Today is a very noble day for us Muslims as we mark the end of our blessed month of Ramadan. Ramadan always bring a lot of happiness and iman boosting vibes. Unfortunately, the post Ramadan hangover is extremely strong and people tend to go back to their old ways after Ramadan has ended. Masjids usually go back to being deserted, and evil habits creep their way back into our daily lives. Many of us use Ramadan as a special time of the year to rededicate ourselves to Allah (swt) and put our faith in overdrive. If you started a good habit this Ramadan, you should make sure you continue it and make it a habit in your daily life. Something we all can do is have a monthly goal until the next Ramadan. Goals can be so simple. Islam isn’t hard for anyone. Allah (swt) has made it easy for the people. Goals can include:
- Praying Tahajjud once a week – If you start with once a week, maybe you can gradually progress to twice a week.
- Memorizing a new surah every month – The key here is to listen to the Qur’an repeatedly. We can take advantage of the time where we may not be doing anything such as driving to work. Make it a habit to listen to the same surah every day for 2 or 3 weeks and see the results. If we can memorize music lyrics so easily, we can definitely memorize Qur’an. Don’t be the person who reaches old age and is still reciting the same surahs you were reciting when you were 5 years old. We cannot afford to neglect the Qur’an
- Reading the Qur’an with translation – This goes hand in hand with the last goal. If your monthly goal is to memorize Surah Dhuha, make sure you read the translation and listen to tafsir’s. When you know what you’re memorizing it becomes easier.
- Praying Fajr and Isha – Of course the most obvious goal. For those who did sahoor, praying Fajr was almost always part of the morning routine. Make sure you keep it up and maybe take it a step further and pray it in the masjid. Many of us went to taraweeh and are now going to stop going to the masjid at night until next Ramadan. This doesn’t have to be the case. The masjids are open for 5 daily salah and we should all make an effort to pray in the masjid if possible.
We have to remember that there’s no guarantee we’re going to make it to next Ramadan. The companions of the Prophet (saw) used to divide their year up. The first 6 months after Ramadan they would make duah to Allah (swt) to accept their previous Ramadan and the last 6 months they would make duah to Allah (swt) that they would witness the next Ramadan. May Allah (swt) accept our efforts this Ramadan and allow us to witness many more Ramadan’s. Ameen!